Wed 20 Sep 2023 11:08 am - Jerusalem Time
Leaders of Islamic countries attack the occident because of the desecration of the Qur’an
On Tuesday, the leaders of a number of Islamic countries launched an attack on European countries, led by Sweden, due to the desecration of the Qur’an that took place on their lands.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the first to denounce from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly in New York those attacks against Islam that had reached an “unbearable” level.
Erdogan said in his speech that “racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia” in European countries that he did not name “have reached an unbearable level.”
Erdogan accused "populist politicians in many countries of continuing to play with fire."
He added that "the vile attacks in Europe against the Qur'an (...) make the future dark" for the old continent.
The Iraqi refugee in Sweden, Silwan Mumika, angered the Islamic world in June when he burned the Qur’an in front of the largest mosque in Stockholm on the first day of Eid al-Adha.
The most violent protest movements against what he did were recorded in Baghdad, where protesters set fire to the Swedish embassy building. Several countries also summoned Sweden's envoys to inform them of official protests.
The Swedish government condemned the burning of the Qur’an on its territory, but stressed that the country’s laws guarantee freedom of expression and assembly and therefore cannot prohibit these movements.
Sweden decided in mid-August to raise the terrorist alert level, considering that the risk of attacks “will remain for a long time.”
For his part, Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi said from the same podium, holding up a copy of the Qur’an, that “the Qur’an’s teachings to human societies will never burn, and the fires of insult and distortion will not be a match for the truth,” according to what was stated on the website of the official news agency (IRNA).
He added, "Antagonism to Islam and cultural apartheid in its various forms, such as burning the Qur'an, banning the hijab in schools, and dozens of other shameful forms of discrimination, are not worthy of modern man."
He was referring to France, which banned the wearing of the abaya in public schools.
Raisi’s participation in the United Nations General Assembly comes a year after the Iranian authorities suppressed protests led by women that followed the death of the young woman, Missha Amini (22 years old), days after she was arrested by the police, who considered that she had violated the country’s strict dress code.
For his part, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, said in his speech at the United Nations, “Intentional attack on the sanctities of others should not be an example of freedom of expression.”
He added, "I say to my Muslim brothers that it is not permissible for an imbecile or a biased person to occupy us whenever it occurs to him to provoke us by burning the Holy Qur’an or using other villainy. The Qur’an is too high for an imbecile to touch it."